The Perfect Destination
Named after Anna Curtis the wife of early Fidalgo Island settler Amos Bowman, Anacortes has grown to over 15,000 residents in its one hundred twenty-four years. Known as the “gateway to the San Juans” the town houses important docks where ferries run to several of the larger Islands but there are many reasons to stay and explore the town itself. You will immediately notice the mild climate and drier weather than Seattle, which is about seventy miles to the south. About 70 miles to the north is
Vancouver BC, making Anacortes a perfect central location between 2 large city destinations.
Fidalgo Island A Nature Lover’s Dream
From the protected forest lands to the vast oceanic passageways out our back door, the Anacortes area offers an area for every adventurer to go explore. The list of activities our area has to offer would go on for days, but below are a few more notable adventures to be had.
- Mountain Biking
- Street biking
- Motocross and ATV Riding
- Horse trail riding
- Whale watching
- Rock Climbing
- Sport Fishing
On the northwest side of town is the two hundred twenty acre State park, Washington Park, with its stunning views of the San Juans. The park also has a campground, huge picnic area and playground, 2 mile long paved trail and countless beaches to explore. Rock climbers, horse riders, bikers and hikers take advantage of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, with their 2,800 acres of protected open space. Whale watchers in the know come to Anacortes to hitch a ride on a ferry or excursion boat and find out what J Pod is up to. Other even more adventurous tourists and locals alike haul their kayaks, canoes and sailboats down to the water to strike out on their own.
Anacortes, Community With a Big Heart
If you’re looking for a sleepy little seaside town, you might think you’ve found it in Anacortes, but look deeper. The community of Anacortes is vibrant, involved and anything but sleepy. For example the Anacortes August Arts Festival, the proceeds from which fund programs to promote creativity, has an impressive list of donors.
- TV stations
- Local banks
- Both Refineries
- Car washes
- Medical facilities
- Real estate companies
- Local coffee shops
- Samish Indian Nation
- Private families
It seems as though the entire community and surrounding neighborhoods want to ensure that this event continues year to year. But make no mistake – the backing of this one community event is just a snapshot of the heart of Anacortes. There is no lack of quaint shops and art galleries to explore, breweries to linger in, a Farmer’s Market to savor the local flavors, and views to delight the eyes.
The Anacortes Housing Market
Those interested in properties on Fidalgo Island will find a variety of lots and sizes, some on private islands, to design and build their own Northwest castle, or perhaps they will discover a classic home that suits their needs. Prices range from the mid-$100,000 to well over a million dollars. Selection is sparse, because homes don’t stay on the market for long here. The hunt will no doubt be worth it, for then you will be one of the lucky ones to live in The All-American City – Anacortes.